Tyne & Wear

Plea over South Shields' Kevin Nightingale's 1996 murder

Kevin Nightingale Image copyright Northumbria Police
Image caption Police said a "forensic review "of Kevin Nightingale's murder was being carried out

The widow of a doorman shot near his South Tyneside home 18 years ago has appealed for those who know who his killer is to come forward.

Kevin Nightingale, 33, was shot several times as he returned home in South Shields after finishing work on 17 February 1996.

Northumbria Police issued a new plea and hope this and technological advances will help them solve the case

Mr Nightingale's widow Julie said she still struggles every day.

Police are working with crime fighting charity Crimestoppers which is offering £5,000 for information leading to a conviction in the case.

On the night he was killed Mr Nightingale, who worked at the former Oz nightclub in South Shields, had got a lift with colleagues.

'Keeping someone's secret'

He was dropped off near his home in Drake Close, but as he approached his front door he was shot and died at the scene.

Mrs Nightingale said: "I'm still dealing with Kevin's death and find every day very hard.

"Somebody somewhere has got to know something and is keeping someone's secret for them. I would ask them to please come forward."

Det Ch Insp Christina Barrett, of Northumbria Police's Major Crime Team, said "a forensic review" of the case was under way.

"We're hoping this renewed appeal may generate new intelligence, information and fresh lines of enquiry which will of course be acted on and followed up," she said.

"Mr Nightingale was well known in the town, not only through his work as a doorman, but he had also been both an amateur boxer and footballer.

"We know there are people out there who hold answers to the questions which remain around Mr Nightingale's death."

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